Royal Enfield Himalayan as the name proclaims is not only royal in its outlook but also durable in tough conditions. It is the without doubt the best Royal Enfield money can buy. Its stellar chassis and adequate engine is awesome. Priced at Rs 1.8 lakh on-road at Mumbai approximately, it is the best deal. With the good fuel injection system and a healthier sounding engine, the Himalayan is what one would opt for.
Himalayan chooses to use such a modest engine to power and its frame is mounted on a crossbar below the tank to take the weight of the headlight, meter and screen. The welding on the Himalayan stands distinct with its frame. A little rack for the gear at the rear gives good utility value besides comfort seating for the pillion rider and low in status as far as the leg position is concerned. The bike can easily manoeuvre through multiple jumps and off-road excursions.
“We have bookings of over 100 with many walk in’s everyday. We have already sold 11 bikes,’’ says Deepali Shirodkar from Royal Enfield Auto Guides at Panjim.
Engine, performance and economy:
With five speed gear box, it has LS410 which is a well equipped engine. It is comfortable to ride at 80kmph in top gear below 4,000rpm. By chance the peak torque is 32Nm and is between 4,000 and 4,500rpm. One can zip zap zoom at 95kmph below 5,000rpm in top gear.
Vibration is most of the time controlled and one can feel it at the seat, pegs and bars if one revs past 5,500rpm. However, the vibration is much stronger when accelerated and one feels a little shaky at higher speeds.
“Our stock comes twice in a month and the number of bikes depends on the space. On an average there are two bookings in a day for this bike. The waiting period is for six to eight months,’’ she says.
Cruising through traffic at 105kmph (5,200rpm, approx in 5th gear) can result in a symphonic noise and vibration. The top speed is 129 kmph on the Vbox, 134kmph as indicated. It runs effortlessly down the highway between 80 and 95kmph.
One wonders why the word ‘Fuel’ is written on the Royal Enfield Himalayan’s gas tank cap. Royal Enfield Himalayan weighs 182kg and the 675cc triple cylinder Triumph Street Triple is 1kg heavier. 200cc 25PS KTM 200 Duke is a whopping 44kg lighter.
Ride, handling and braking
The brakes lack force but that is the state of tune. It offers a weak bite followed by a build-up of force. Brakes are friendlier for new riders and adhere to safety standards with predictability of tarmac. The Royal Enfield Himalayan’s 19-inch front wheel and superb chassis offers good feedback.
RE Himalayan chassis stands distinct with a good ride quality. The Himalayan is based on straightforward suspension. “We have received no complaints and all the customers say that it is an awesome bike. Performance and mileage have been appreciated by our customers’’, she says.
Features and comfort
As a comfortable motorcycle to ride for hours together it has the handlebar positioned between sitting upright and standing on the pegs. The sole ergonomic improvement is a slightly wider tank in the knee recess department that when one stands up it hits the knees hard as the pegs and side panels are wide. The finish of the paint on the tank is excellent and seems ultra-durable.
The instruments in the Royal Enfield Himalayan are comprehensive and the digital read is below the speedometer. The small tachometer and fuel gauge makes it difficult to read. The compass is entirely without utility while the charging socket has great utility value. It also has a hazard switch which is a little odd.
The rear suspension has a mono shock which is a first for Royal Enfield while the front suspension is handled by long travel telescopic forks. The Himalayan rides on 21-inch wheels and has disc brakes at both the ends.
The Royal Enfield Himalayan is an adventure bike that boasts of good off road capabilities. Royal Enfield Himalayan has a raised front mudguard, spoke wheels, disc brakes with steel braided brake lines, black-painted engine, raised handlebar, an upswept exhaust, round-shaped headlight and round-shaped rear view mirrors.
“As there were no complaints we have not yet got the spare parts. Performance has impressed customers to such an extent that we have a good feedback for this bike,’’ she concluded.